Admissions MA in Art History

How to Apply

Apply to the MA in Art History program at SACI and begin your journey to Florence. Discover eligibility requirements for US and international students. Learn how to create and submit your online application form. Find out what supporting documents are needed for your application.

  • Eligibility

    US and international students who have earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, prior to beginning graduate study at SACI may apply for admission to the MA in Art History program. Applicants who attend, or attended, a US college or university must have earned a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (based upon a scale in which A = 4.0). The required minimum undergraduate grade point average in Art History course work if the applicant has had no previous graduate experience is 3.3. The required minimum grade point average in previous graduate work in Art History is also 3.3. Those whose native language is not English who have not demonstrated English-language proficiency through prior study at a US institution will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and have their TOEFL scores sent directly by ETS to SACI’s Admissions Office.

    In addition to the above, to be admitted to the program applicants must demonstrate:

    • Academic distinction in prior university-level study as evidenced through submission of transcripts from all schools attended showing courses completed and grades received. In reviewing applicants’ academic records, special attention will be paid to course work undertaken in areas most relevant to Art History.
       
    • Academic promise in Art History as evinced through submission of two papers on art-historical themes.
       
    • Strong support from instructors or others familiar with the applicant’s work as indicated through submission of at least three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s past academic performance; assess the applicant’s appropriateness for MA in Art History study in Florence at SACI and likelihood of success in the program; and appraise the applicant’s potential for career distinction as an art historian and educator.
       
    • A background suggesting sufficient maturity to be able to take full advantage of the unique opportunities available through studying Art History at the graduate level in Florence.
       
    • Clearly articulated educational goals and academic aspirations that could best be advanced through matriculation in SACI’s MA in Art History program. All proficiencies required for entrance to the program must be achieved prior to admittance. No credit toward the degree is permitted for study directed toward completion of these proficiencies.
  • Create an Online Application

    Create a SACI Online Application and Pay the $70 Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee

    You can edit your application at any time before it is submitted. When submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the application fee online with a Mastercard, Visa, or Discover credit card. You will be able to check the status of your SACI application through your online account. Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents.

    If you wish to apply for a SACI scholarship, you must indicated on your online application that you are applying for a scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents

    Please submit your online application prior to sending any supporting documents. Upon completion of your online application, directions will be given on how to properly submit each supporting document through your MySACI account.

    Official Transcripts

    One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    International Students: All non-Canadian international students are required to complete a degree equivalent evaluation, in place of your Official Transcripts requirement, through World Education Services.

    Three Letters of Recommendation 

    (Academic preferred) from instructors or other artists familiar with your work. The Recommendation Letter Form can be used, but the letters or forms must be sent directly from the recommender to the SACI New York Admissions Office, either by mail or email.

    Short Essay

    The essay should describe your area of specialization, objectives, and reasons for wishing to enter the program.

    Original Papers

    Two examples of original papers demonstrating the applicant’s scholarship on art-historical themes. Submit in PDF format, up to 10 MB each, to SACI's NY Admissions Office.

    If You Have Been Out of School for More Than Three Years:

    Curriculum Vitae

    In addition to the above, a curriculum vitae is required of those who have been out of school for 3 or more years.

    If Your Native Language Is Not English:

    Evidence of Language Proficiency

    See the Non-US Students section for information about English language proficiency assessments.

  • Interview

    Once all application materials are submitted to SACI’s New York Admissions Office, a Skype Interview will be conducted. The Skype Interview is an opportunity for candidates to elaborate on their submitted materials, discuss their interests and abilities, and explore the opportunities SACI can give to meet their goals.

    Interviews begin in January, and are conducted by the Director of MA in Art History program. You will be contacted by email to schedule the interview. If you are in Florence, you may choose to interview in person.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Use this comprehensive list of application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, and academic term dates as you apply for the MA in Art History program at SACI.

  • Application Deadlines

    Application Deadline May 1

    Applications received after May 1 will be considered only if space is available.

  • Scholarship Deadlines

    Scholarship Deadline March 15

  • Program Deposit Deadlines

    Program Deposit Deadline June 1

    In order to secure a place in the program to which you have been admitted, a deposit of $1,000 must be paid by June 1.

  • Full Payment Deadlines

    Fall Term August 1

    Spring Term December 1

    Late Spring Term April 15

    Summer Term May 30

  • Term Dates

    FALL 2018

    Term start/end dates: September 4 - December 22, 2018

    Arrival - Housing Opens September 4

    Orientation September 5-6

    Class Begins September 7

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates October 27 - November 4

    Final Exams December 14-20

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes December 22
     

    SPRING 2019

    Term start/end dates: January 3 - April 23, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens January 3

    Orientation January 4-5

    Class Begins January 7

    Midterm Break for Undergraduates February 23 - March 3

    Easter Monday - School Closed April 22

    Final Exams April 15-19

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes April 23
     

    LATE SPRING 2019

    Term start/end dates: May 16 - June 22, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens May 16

    Orientation May 17-19

    Classes Begin May 20

    Classes End June 21

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes June 22
     

    SUMMER 2019

    Term start/end dates: June 27 - July 27, 2019

    Arrival - Housing Opens June 27

    Orientation Venice Program June 27-28

    Orientation Florence Program June 28 - June 30

    Classes Begin July 1

    Classes End July 26

    Departure Dates - Housing Closes July 27

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & fees for the MA in Art History program at SACI are released at least two years in advance. To calculate the full cost for your program, add the tuition, activity fee, student services fee, and housing fee (if applicable) for the fall, spring, late spring, and summer terms, as well as the deposit (refundable general program deposit and non-refundable tuition deposit). What is included in tuition & fees?

  • Fall 2018

    $12,950 Tuition (September 4 - December 22, 2018)

    $1,100 Activity Fee

    $850 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 Housing Fee

    $1,600 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

    $1,000 Deposit ($500 refundable General Program Deposit, $500 non-refundable Tuition Deposit)

  • Spring 2019

    $12,950 Tuition (January 3 - April 23, 2019)

    $1,100 Activity Fee

    $850 Student Services Fee

    $3,950 Housing Fee

    $1,600 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

  • Late Spring 2019

    $4,975 Tuition (May 16 - June 22, 2019)

    $400 Student Services Fee

    $1,450 Housing Fee

    $550 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

  • Summer 2019

    $4,975 Tuition (June 27 - July 27, 2019)

    $400 Student Services Fee

    $1,200 Housing Fee

    $500 Single room supplement (based on single housing selection)

Scholarships & Aid

Learn how you can finance your study abroad experience in Italy through Federal Financial Aid and SACI Scholarships.

  • SACI Scholarships

    Full and partial scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study at SACI. All SACI scholarships are based on both artistic and academic ability and financial need. Applicants to all SACI programs that are for credit (including Gap Year) may apply for SACI scholarships. 

    Learn more about SACI Scholarships.

  • How to Apply for SACI Scholarships

    See complete instructions on how to apply for scholarships for each SACI program.

  • Financial Aid

    Any/all U.S. Federal Financial Aid received from a U.S. college or university can be transferred to cover fees for study at SACI. Learn more about Federal Financial Aid for undergraduate students and graduate students.

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